June 21st, 2010
10:06 AM ET
4 years ago

South Carolina drama tops three primaries on Tuesday

 Republicans could make state Rep. Nikki Haley their first female gubernatorial nominee.
Republicans could make state Rep. Nikki Haley their first female gubernatorial nominee.

(CNN) - Voters in three states head to the polls Tuesday, and in one of those states history might be made:

South Carolina:

South Carolina Republicans could make state Rep. Nikki Haley their first female gubernatorial nominee. She's in a runoff against U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett.

Haley just missed out on winning the nomination outright in the June 8 primary, capturing 49 percent of the vote in a four-candidate field. She was short of the 50 percent plus one needed to take the nomination.

Once facing long odds for the GOP nomination, Haley rose in the polls thanks in part to endorsements by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

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  1. Angus McDugan

    Maybe we should have looked the other way when they succeeded from the Union. What a 3 ring circus South Carolina politics has become.

    June 21, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Gov. Mitt Romney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin?

    endorsements by Gov. Mitt Romney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin?

    S. Carolina are you CRAZY?

    what ever you get, and what has happened up to this point with Sanford and the other loonies, YOU DESERVE!!

    what kind of electorate listens to Gov. Mitt Romney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin?

    June 21, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Army VET

    OK Palin is now a privet citizen now WHO CARES WHAT SHE SAYS!!!!!!! The election is over for her, her own party won't back her and many independents think her views are to extrem. She does not reach out to any minority groups at all. She is viewed as a closet racist by most minorities in this country. So what if she can fire up the Tea party, they do not represent the views of this very diverse county. She is a privet citizen and so am I, so you know what I say she is a liar. See how easy that was.

    June 21, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Bob Dog

    If Palin endorsed Ms. Haley, then she loses my vote. Anything endorsed by Palin must be cheap, superficial, and self-serving.

    June 21, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. jerseylou

    WOW,I guess if she wins the Governorship; thousands of more Jops will be going to India.

    June 21, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    FreedomWorks also has endorsed Lee, and its volunteers are assisting in get-out-the-vote efforts in Utah. FreedomWorks is a nonprofit conservative organization that helps train volunteer activists and has provided much of the organizational heft behind the Tea Party movement.
    __________________________________________

    Goodness, CNN. Hasn't your news organization been one of the many media organizations co-sponsorsing the Tea Party? Why the backtrack now when the primary is only months away? Where are all the rally's? A few months ago, we were being blasted with all that is Tea Party. Today, not so much. Wonder why?

    FreedomsWorks not only trains volunteer activists, it is these same activists who spent months rilling up the Tea Party crowds this past year. Now FreedomWorks and it's leaders are trying to convince their candidates NOT to discuss Tea Party support. Hmmm.

    Rather think the horses are out of the barn now, GOPers. Good luck getting them back in.

    June 21, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Robert J

    Go ahead republicans,,,show us your intelligence once again and vote this clone of Palin into office. After your prvious stupidity of electing Graham and those other redneck morons you deserve another dose of stupidity to keep you on en even keel.

    June 21, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |